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Enrico Caruso. Mattinata (Morning Song) by Ruggerio Leoncavallo. (The composer at the piano.) This is the first piece of music specifically written for the gramophone. Recorded in Milan on April 8, 1904. G&T #52034.
Topics: Caruso, Leoncavallo, Mattinata
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Enrico Caruso. "Inspirez-moi, race divine" from Act II of La Reine de Saba by Charles Gounod. This was reportedly a favorite of Caruso and it gets a good recording here. Recorded in Camden, NJ on February 5, 1916. Matrix #C 17125-2. Victor 88552.
Topics: Caruso, Gounod, Saba, Inspirez
Source: 78
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Symphony No.1 in F major, Op.10 by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic. Recorded December 14, 1971 at Philharmonic Hall, New York City. Originally issued as Columbia Masterworks M-31307 in 1973. Transfer from the 1983 reissue CBS Records Masterworks Portrait stereo LP MP-38750 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Bernstein, Symphony
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Beethoven. Piano Sonata No. 27 in E flat minor, Op. 90. In two movements: Mit Lebhafigheit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck, Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen. Artur Schnabel (1882-1951), piano. Recorded circa 1935; a collaboration between the Beethoven Sonata Society and HMV.
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Topics: Beethoven, Piano, Sonata, Schnabel
Source: 78
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by Beethoven
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19. William Kapell (1922-1953), piano with Vladimir Golschmann conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra Recorded June 24, 1946. Originally issued as a 78 set, but this transfer from RCA Victor mono LP LM-9026. Kapell died tragically in a plane crash returning from an Australian tour. At the time, he was already recognized as perhaps the greatest American-born pianist. Transfer from LP by Bob Varney.
Topics: Beethoven, Piano Concerto, Kapell, Golschmann
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Enrico Caruso. Ingemisco from Verdi's Requiem. Recorded in 1915. Victor 88514.
Topics: Ingemisco, Caruso, Verdi
Source: 78
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by Jacques Offenbach
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Gaîté Parisienne. The music of Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) as orchestrated by Manuel Rosenthal (1904-2003) for ballet. Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979) conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra. In the mid 1940's RCA Victor began to experiment with using vinyl for some 78 rpm issues. The records were a translucent red vinyl and were issued with premium pricing. These issues were some of the best 78 rpm records ever made. This recording went on to become the first RCA Victor 33 1/3 rpm LP issue in...
Topics: Offenbach, Rosenthal, Fiedler, Victor, 78
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Chamber Symphony, Op.110a by Dimitri Shostakovich. (Transcription of Shostakovich's String Quartet No.8 for chamber orchestra by Rudolf Barshai.) I Musici De Montreal conducted by Yuli Turovsky. Five movements played without interruption: Largo, Allegro molto, Allegretto, Largo, Largo. Recorded in the Church of St. Pierre Ap ôtre, Montreal in August 1984. Transfer from the original Chandos LP ABRD 1120 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Chamber Symphony, Turovsky
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Enrico Caruso. The Lost Chord. Poem by Adelaide Proctor set to music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. Originally recorded April 29, 1912 with orchestral accompaniment but this recording is a 1933 electrical re-creation by RCA/HMV with an electrically recorded organ substituted for the orchestra. Herbert Dawson at the keyboards with his part recorded on November 3, 1933 in Kingsway Hall, London. Think what you may of this, but it's an interesting bit of recording history. RCA Victor No. 8806.
Topics: Caruso, Sullivan, Proctor, Titanic, Chord
Source: 78
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Enrico Caruso. Ideale (My Ideal)by Paolo Tosti. Victor 88049 12 (1921 catalog). Recorded December 30, 1906.
Topics: Ideale, Caruso, Tosti, Varney
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Quartet No. 15 in E flat minor, Op. 144 (1974) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. In six movements linked together: Elegy :   Adagio   – Serenade :   Adagio   – Intermezzo :   Adagio   – Nocturne :   Adagio   – Funeral March :   Adagio molto   – Epilogue :   Adagio Released in 1976, Shostakovich assisted in the production of this recording before his...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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Chopin. Sonata #2, Op.35 in B flat minor. Josef Hofmann (1876-1957) at the piano. This recording was made around 1920 on an Aeolian Duo-Art recording piano. It was played back for this recording on a 1929 Steinway Duo-Art. Transfer from a 1966 Everest LP, X-904.
Topics: Chopin, Sonata, Hofmann
Source: 78
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Rosa Ponselle as Norma and Other Famous Heroines. Rosa Ponselle (1897-1981). This RCA compilation LP includes some of her best electrical recordings from the 1920's. Her career started in vaudeville but led to a debut at the Met with Caruso in La Forza del Destino in 1918. She sang with the Met for 19 seasons. Note that her sister, Carmela Ponselle, accompanies her in Schubert's Serenade. Recorded between 1926 and 1929. Transfer and restoration from the RCA mono LP VIC-1507.
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Topics: Ponselle, Norma
Source: 78
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by Beethoven
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Beethoven: Symphony #7 in A major, Op. 92. Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recorded April 6, 15 and 25, 1927 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. In four movements: vivace, allegretto, presto meno assai, and allegro con brio. Victor 6670-74. (Later Victor M-17 as a set.) Did you know that Stoky never recorded a complete Beethoven symphony cycle? Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Beethoven, Symphony, Stokowski, Philadelphia
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by Donizetti
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Caruso: Deserto in Terra from Dom Sebastien, Roi de Portugal by Donizetti. Recorded January 10, 1908 in New York. Matrix #C-5008-1. Originally issued as Victor 88106. Note that a second take (Matrix # C-5008-2) was held back and not released until 1948 on RCA 15-1037. It is almost a full minute shorter than this recording. Transferred and restored by Bob Varney.
Topics: Caruso, Deserto, Terra, Sebastien, Donizetti
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by Maurice Ravel
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Maurice Ravel Plays Ravel. Maurice Ravel, piano. The fidelity of this recording derives from the Duo-Art piano recording mechanism which allowed for capture and playback of the actual performance with all its nuances. Recorded circa 1925 and played back on a Steinway Duo-Art piano for this 1966 Everest recording. Everest Stereo X-912. Transfer by Bob Varney.
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Topics: Ravel, piano, Everest, Duo-Art
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by Vincenzo Bellini
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Norma by Vincenzo Bellini. Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano under the direction of Tullio Serafin. Coral director: Vittore Veneziani. With Maria Callas, Mario Filippeschi, Ebe Stignani and Nicola Rossi-Lemeni. Producer: Dino Olivieri. Engineer: Oswaldo Varesco. Recorded in Milan at the Cinema Metropole between April 23rd and May 3rd, 1954. Transferred from the Seraphim LP reissue of the original EMI mono recording. (Seraphim IC-6037) Transfer by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Norma, Bellini, Callas, Serafin, Opera
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by Percy Grainger
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Grainger Plays Grainger - Percy Grainger (1882-1961), piano. Recorded in the early 1920's, when Grainger was about 40 years old, the sound quality is far beyond the acoustic recording techniques of the day. His performance was captured on an Aeolian Company "DUO-ART" reproducing piano. Unlike a basic "player piano", the DUO-ART was capable of a recording that duplicated the actual performance with all dynamics and nuances intact. This recording was made in the early 1960's...
Topics: Grainger, piano, DUO-ART
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by Jack Fina
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Bumble Boogie by Jack Fina. Freddy Martin (1906-1983) and his Orchestra. Jack Fina (1913-1970), piano. Factoids: Freddy Martin was active in the music industry from 1930 on as a saxophonist and band leader. He was the music director for Elvis Presley's first Las Vegas appearance. Jack Fina was with Martin's band for about 10 years starting in 1938. Bumble Boogie was used in a segment of the Disney film Melody Time in 1948. Transfer from the the original RCA Victor 10" 78 20-1829-B by Bob...
Topics: Martin, Fina, Boogie, 78
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by Olivier Messiaen
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Catalogue d'oiseaux by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). Jocy de Oliveira-Carvalho (1936), piano. Composed between 1956 and 1958, it was first recorded by Messiaen's second wife, Yvonne Loriod (1924-2010). This Vox recording from 1972 appears to be the second complete recording. Vox departed from their usual format of three records per box set and spread this recording over four records to allow for a greater dynamic range. Transfer from the original stereo Vox Box set SVBX 5464 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Catalogue d'oiseaux, Messiaen, Carvalho, Vox
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by JS Bach
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Albert Schweitzer Plays Bach - Volume I. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), organ. Along with all of Schweitzer's contributions to humanity in the 20th century, one can add his study and performances of Bach's organ music. Schweitzer recorded both 78s and LPs for Columbia and Philips from the 30's through the 50's. This record was one of several for Columbia beginning in 1955. Recorded at the Parish Church, Gunsbach, Alsace, France. Transfer from the original Columbia mono LP ML 4600 by Bob Varney....
Topics: Bach, Schweitzer, organ
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by Franz Liszt
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Hungarian Rhapsodies 1-3 by Franz Liszt. Leopold Stokowski conducting members of the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Recorded on February 8 & 10, 1955 at the Manhattan Center in New York City. Transfer from the RCA Victor mono LP LM-1878 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Lisazt, Hungarian, Rhapsody, Victor, Stokowski
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by Mozart
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Mozart. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467. Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting the LSO. Artur Schnabel, piano. In three movements: Allegro maestoso, Andante, Allegro vivace assai. (Cadenza by Schnabel.) Recorded in 1937. Transfer from the Angel reissue LP COLH 67 "Great Recordings of the Century". (Side 1) (Side 2 with Piano Concerto No. 27 has also been uploaded.)Transfer by Bob Varney.
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Topics: Mozart, Piano, Concerto, Sargent, Schnabel
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by Malcolm Arnold
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Guitar Concerto, Op. 67 by Sir Malcolm Arnold. Julian Bream, guitar with the Melos Ensemble. Recorded in 1961. Transferred from the RCA Victor Red Seal LP LSC-2085. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Guitar, Concerto, Bream. Melos, Arnold, RCA Victor
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by Beethoven
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Beethoven; Symphony No. 8 in F Major. Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in April 1939 in New York City in Studio 8H of Rockefeller Center. Transfer from the original 78 set, RCA DM 908 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Beethoven, Toscanini, Symphony, 78
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by Hector Berlioz
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Hector Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique, Op. 14. Pierre Monteux conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. In five movements: (1) Dreams-Passions, (2) A Ball, (3) Scenes in the Country, (4) March to the Scaffold, and (5) Dream of the Witch's Sabbath. Recorded in 1951. Transferred and restored from the original RCA Victor mono LP LM-1131. Music trivia: Monteux (1875-1964) conducted the premier of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in 1913 and endured the ensuing riot. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Berlioz, Monteux, Fantastique, San Francisco
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by Johann Strauss II
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Waltzes by Johann Strauss II (1825-1899). Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979) conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra. Mr. Fiedler conducted the Boston Pops from 1930 until 1979. This five record set was issued in 1940, but the five waltzes were recorded at various times from 1936 to 1938 and all appear to have been issued as singles. This set is unusual as the five records were made up of four 12" records and one 10". Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 78 set M-445 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Strauss, waltz, Fiedler, Pops, 78
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by Niccolo Paganini
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Paganini Recital. Ruggiero Ricci, violin and Louis Persinger, piano. Recorded in 1951. (I guess Vox was a bit late to the LP bandwagon.) Transferred from the original Vox 78 set VOX 614. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Paganini, Ricci, Persinger, Vox, 78
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by Paul Dukas
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Paul Dukas (1865-1935): Sorcerer's Apprentice. Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960) conducting the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in 1941. Transferred and restored from the original Columbia 78 set X-212. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Dukas, Mitropoulos, Minneapolis, Apprentice, Columbia
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by Richard Rodgers
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Victory at Sea Volume I. Music by Richard Rogers. Arranged and conducted by Robert Russell Bennett with the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. This is an orchestral suite from the score for the early 50's NBC television production of the same name. Actually, Bennett contributed original music to the project beyond the 13 themes Rogers provided but Rodgers gets the composer credit nevertheless. This is the 1959 second recording of the score, which expanded to three volumes issued by RCA Victor....
Topics: Rodgers, Bennett, Layton, Victory at Sea
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by Rimsky-Korsakov
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The Nightingale and the Rose by Rimsky-Korsakov. Rosa Ponselle (1897-1981), soprano accompanied by Romano Romani, piano. Recorded October 31, 1939. Transferred from the original Victor Red Seal 12" 78 disc 16451A by Bob Varney.
Topics: Ponselle, Rimsky-Korsakov, Nightingale, Rose, Romani, Victor, 78
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by Pearl Bailey
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The One And Only Pearl Bailey Sings. Pearl Bailey (1918-1990), vocals, with the orchestra conducted by Don Redman. Recorded in 1956. Transfer from the original Mercury mono LP MG 20187 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Bailey, Redman, Mercury
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by Wojciech Osmański
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Garland of Home Melodies by Wojciech Osmanski (1834-1908). A collection of  Polish folk music. Originally composed for piano, the work is performed here by the Polish National Orchestra during what must have been an American tour in 1925. Actually, this recording has some historical significance. It was recorded in Camden, NJ on May 4, 1925, only a few days after Stokowski made the first electrically recorded orchestral performance in the same Victor studios. Is it the second electrically...
Topics: Garland, Melodies, Osmanski, Polish, National, Victor, 78
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by Giuseppe Verdi
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Solenne in quest'ora (Swear in this hour) by Giuseppe Verdi. From La Forza del Destino. Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957), tenor and Giuseppe De Luca (1876-1950), baritone. Recorded February 24, 1927. This is an early electrical recording. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 12" disc 8069 (A side)  by Bob Varney.
Topics: Solenne, Verdi, Gigli, De Luca, Victor, 78
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 14 in F sharp minor, Op. 142 (1972-73) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1975, this was the first recording in what would become the first complete recording of all 15 quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 4 in D major, Op. 83 (1949) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1977. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP DSLO 23 by...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Enrico Caruso
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Fenesta che lucive (The Shining Window). Enrico Caruso, tenor. Anonymous traditional Neopolitan song. Recorded April 10, 1913 in New York City. Victor 88439, matrix #C 13107-2. Transferred and restored from the original issue, one-sided 12" disc. Restoration by Bob Varney.
Topics: Fenesta, Caruso, Victor
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by Richard Crooks
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Le Reve - The Dream. From the opera Manon by Jules Massenet. Richard Crooks (1900-1972), tenor. Recorded May, 11, 1933 in New York City. Transfer by Bob Varney from the original 78: Victor 8421.
Topics: Crooks, Manon, Massenet, 78
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by Ignace Jan Paderewski
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Minuet in G, Op. 14, No. 1 by Ignace Jan Paderewski (1860-1941). Performed by the composer. This is an acoustic recording. The recording date was May 23, 1917. Transfer from the original Victrola 12" single sided 78  #74533 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Paderewski, Minuet, piano, acoustic, 78
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by Georges Bizet
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Overture, Patrie by Georges Bizet (1838-1875). Andre Cluytens conducting the Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Francaise. Recorded in 1954 in the Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris. Bizet composed this work in 1873 as a reflection on the Franco-Prussian War from a few years earlier. Transferred from the original Angel mono LP 35119 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Bizet, Patrie, Cluytens
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by Beethoven
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Beethoven: Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 and Fantasia in G minor, Op. 77. Artur Schnabel, Piano. Recorded in London on January 13 & 14, 1937. Transfer from the Angel LP COLH-66 "Great Recordings of the Century". (Side 2. Side 1 is posted separately.) Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Beethoven, Schnabel, Bagatelle, Fantasia
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by Edvard Grieg
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Lyric Pieces by Edvard Grieg. Walter Gieseking, piano. Recorded in September, 1956 in mono. Gieseking recorded 31 of the 66 Lyric Pieces in two volumes for Angel Records. Volume One is presented here. These works were composed between 1867 and 1901. Recorded from the original mono LP Angel 35450 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Lyric, Gieseking, Grieg, piano, Pieces, Grieg, Gieseking
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by Camille Saint-Saens
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Piano Concerto No.2, Op.22 by Camille Saint-Saens. Philippe Entremont, piano with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. A 1966 stereo recording: Columbia ML 6178. Transferred from the original LP by Bob Varney.
Topics: Saint-Saens, piano, concerto, Entermont, Ormandy, Philadelphia, Columbia
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by Enrico Caruso
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Adorables Tourments (Love's Teasing) by Richard Barthelemy and Enrico Caruso. Performed by Enrico Caruso. Recorded in 1908. Victor 88115 (from 1921 Victor catalog)Restoration by Bob Varney.
Topics: Caruso, Barthelemy, Adorables
Source: 78
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by Ippolitov-Ivanov
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Caucasian Sketches by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov. Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting the Phiharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York. From the Columbia LP CL-751. Recorded in 1954. (The May 29, 1954 issue of Billboard showed this recording as #10 on the classical best-seller chart.) Transferred from the original Columbia LP by Bob Varney.
Topics: Caucasian, Sketches, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Mitropoulos, Columbia
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by Peter Tchaikovsky
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Tchaikovsky: Marche Slav, Op. 31. Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recorded May 14 & 15, 1925 in Camden, NJ. Transfer from Victor 6513. Note: This early electrical recording was the first for a full orchestra, the first couple of Victor attempts with the new technology were recorded using the orchestral configuration for acoustical recordings. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Tchaikovsky, Marche Slav, Stokowski, Philadelphia
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Symphony No. 4 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague from August 23 - 26, 1977. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo/quadraphonic LP 1410 2771/2 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Martinu, Neumann, Czech, Supraphon, Symphony
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Enrico Caruso. Nell'ore Arcane Della Sua Lussuria from Act II of Otello by Guiseppe Verdi. Recorded December 28, 1910.
Topics: Caruso, Verdi, Otello
Source: 78
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by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
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Newport 1958 - The Dave Brubeck Quartet. Recorded live at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Bass – Joe Benjamin , Drums – Joe Morello , Piano – Dave Brubeck , Saxophone – Paul Desmond . Transfer from the original Columbia mono LP CL 1249 by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Newport, Brubeck, Desmond, Morello, Benjamin, Columbia, Jazz
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by Maurice Ravel
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Pavane for a Dead Princess by Maurice Ravel. The Continental Symphony Orchestra led by Piero Coppola (1888-1971). Mr. Coppola was an Italian conductor, pianist, and composer. He conducted the first recordings of Debussy's La Mer and Ravel's Bolero.This is an early electrical recording: recorded in Paris October 14, 1927. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal Record 9306. (Mr. Coppola is not related to the film Coppolas.) Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Coppola, Ravel, Victor, Pavane, 78
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by Franz Schubert
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Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished). Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recorded April 28th and 30th, 1927 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Originally issued as Victor 6663, 6664 & 6665. (Later as a set as M-16.) Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Schubert, symphony, unfinished, Stokowski, Philadelphia
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Symphony No.5, Op.47 by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York (The New York Philharmonic). Recorded in New York City in October, 1958. Transfer from the original Everest stereo LP SDBR-3010 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Stokowski, symphony, Everest
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by Verdi
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Verdi Heroines. Eleanor Steber, soprano with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva, conductor. Drawn from the Columbia Masterworks catalog, this compilation captures Steber in various Verdi roles with the Met. Probably most performances date from the 1950's. All are in mono. Transferred and restored from the 1972 Odyssey LP Y 31149. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Verdi, Steber, Metropolitan, Cleva, Odyssey, Columbia
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Violin Concerto No.1, Op.99 by Dimitri Shostakovich. The Philharmonic Symphony of New York (The New York Philharmonic) conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos. David Oistrakh, violin.Oistrakh gave the premier performance of this work in October, 1955 in Leningrad. Just over two months later, he made this premier recording in Carnegie Hall on January 2, 1956. Transfer from the original mono Columbia Materworks LP ML 5077 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Oistrakh, Mitropoulos, violin, concerto
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by Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy
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Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess and Debussy: Reverie. E. Robert Schmitz (1889-1949), piano. A Franco-American pianist and composer, Schmitz was a well known pianist during the middle decades of the 20th century. Currently, he's represented on CD by only three tracks on a Debussy compilation disk. Transferred and restored from an original RCA Victor 78: 12-0066. (Circa 1940?)Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Ravel, Debussy, Schmitz
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by Enrico Caruso
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From Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni. Enrico Caruso, tenor. Recorded December 15, 1913 in New York City. Victor 88458. Matrix # C 14202-2. Restoration by Bob Varney.
Topics: Caruso, Mascagni, Addio Alla Madre, Cavalleria Rusticana
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Sergei Rachmaninoff. Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2. Recorded April 4, 1928.
Topics: Rachmaninoff, Prelude
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by Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker
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Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker: Carnegie Hall Concert Vol. 1. Gerry Mulligan (1927-1996) baritone saxophone and Chet Baker (1929-1988) trumpet. Other performers include: Ed Byrne, trombone; Bob James, piano & electric piano; Dave Samuels, vibraphone & percussion; John Scofield, guitar; Ron Carter, bass and Harvey Mason, drums. Recorded November 24, 1974 at Carnegie Hall, New York City. Released in 1975. The notes mention the album was also available on 8 track stereo tape. That must be...
Topics: Mulligan, Baker, jazz, saxophone, trumpet
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Inventions, H.234 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Emil Leichner, piano. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague March 3 & 4, 1977. Transfer from the original Pro-Arte / Supraphon stereo LP PAL-1006 by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Martinu, Neumann, Leichner, Supraphon
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Beethoven. Piano Sonata No.2 in A major, Op.2, No.2. Artur Schnabel (1882-1951), piano.Recorded circa 1935; a collaboration between the Beethoven Sonata Society and HMV.
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Topics: Beethoven, Sonata, Schnabel
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by Modest Mussorgsky
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Pictures At An Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881). Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989), piano. (Edited by Mr. Horowitz.) Recorded in Carnegie Hall, NYC on April 23, 1951, but not released until 1959. (A 1947 recording by Mr. Horowitz is also available in the Archive.) Transfer from the original RCA Red Seal mono LP LM-2357 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Mussorgsky, Horowitz, Pictures
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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Scythian Suite, Op. 20 (1915) by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). The Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Désiré Defauw (1885-1960). Defauw was principal conductor for the CSO from 1943-1947. Previously, he conducted the Montreal Symphony and during the mid-50's conducted the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra (Michigan). Prokofiev channels Stravinsky in this piece that was originally commissioned by Diaghilev for ballet. Diaghilev rejected it and Prokofiev arranged it as an orchestral suite....
Topics: Scythian, Prokofiev, Defauw, Chicago, 78
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by Mozart
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Blonda's Aria from the opera Il Seraglio by Wolfgang Mozart (1756-1791). Lily Pons (1898-1976), soprano with the orchestra conducted by G. Cloez. Transfer from the original Decca Personality Series 78 XXP 6925 by Bob Varney. Recorded circa 1932.
Topics: Seraglio, Mozart, Pons, 78, Opera
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by Tchaikovsky
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Marche Slave, Op.31 by Tchaikovsky. Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra. Recorded June 29, 1936. Transferred from the original Victor Red Seal 12" 78 12006 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Tchaikovsky, Marche Slave, Fiedler, Boston, Victor, 78
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Enrico Caruso. Un bacio ancora (Still a kiss) by Rocco Trimarchi. Introduction by Caruso, pianist is unknown. Recorded in Milan on Saturday, March 15, 1902. One of 7 Zonofono releases predating the famous G&T recordings of April, 1902. Zonofono X1550.
Topics: Caruso, Trimarchi, bacio, Zonofono
Source: 78
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Beethoven. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110. In three movements: Moderato cantabile motto espressivo, Allegro molto, Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo). Artur Schnabel (1882-1951), piano. Recorded circa 1935; a collaboration between the Beethoven Sonata Society and HMV.
Topics: Beethoven, Piano, Sonata, Schnabel
Source: 78
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 in E flat. Rudolf Serkin, piano. Bruno Walter conducting the New York Philharmonic. In three movements: Allegro, Adagio un poco mosso, Rondo: Allegro ma con troppo. Recorded in 1941. Transfer and restoration from the original 78 set, Columbia Masterworks M-500.
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Topics: Beethoven, concerto, Serkin, Walter
Source: 78
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Beethoven. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op.13 "Pathetique". In three movements: Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio, Adagio cantabile, Rondo (Allegro). Artur Schnabel (1882-1951), piano. Recorded circa 1935; a collaboration between the Beethoven Sonata Society and HMV.
Topics: Beethoven, Sonata, Schnabel
Source: 78
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by Benjamin Britten
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Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op.13 by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Sviatoslav Richter, piano with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Britten. Recorded in London in 1971. Transfer from the original London stereo LP CS 6723 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Richter, Britten, Piano, Concerto
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by Leos Janacek
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Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra by Leos Janacek (1854-1928). The Caramoor Festival Orchestra, Julius Rudel, conductor, Hilde Somer, piano. Recorded in 1966. Transfer from the original Desto stereo LP DST-6427 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Concertino, Janacek, Caramoor, Rudel
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by Erroll Garner
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Play It Again, Erroll! Erroll Garner (1923-1977), piano. Accompanying performers are not listed. This is a two-record compilation of studio recordings by Garner issued by Columbia in 1975. Transfer from the Columbia mono set PG 33424 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Garner, piano, jazz
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by Dmitri Shostakovich
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Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960) conducting the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York (the New York Philharmonic). Recorded December 1, 1952 at the 30th St. Studios in New York City. Originally issued in 1953 as Columbia mono LP ML 4739. This transfer comes from the subsequent reissue P 14185 (Columbia Special Products). What's special (not) is that has been re-recorded to simulate stereo. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Symphony, Mitroploulos, Columbia, New York Philharmonic
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Sergei Rachmaninov, Piano. A collection of recordings (some electrical, some acoustic) made between 1920 and 1942. This collection of encores and miniatures comes from RCA Camden CDN-1022 issued in 1959. Restored from that LP.
Topics: Rachmaninov, Piano
Source: 78
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by Franz Schubert
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Franz Schubert. Moments musicaux, Op. 94, Nos. 1-6, D.780. Artur Schnabel, piano. Recorded in 1937. Transfer from the original RCA Victor 78 set, M 684 by Bob Varney.
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Topics: Schubert, Schnabel, Moments, musicaux
Source: 78
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by Hector Berlioz
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Symphonie Fantastique, Op.14 by Hector Berlioz (1803-1869). Charles Munch (1891-1968) conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in Boston in 1955. Transfer from the original RCA Victor Red Seal mono LP LM-1900 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Fantastique, Berlioz, Munch, Boston, RCA
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by Giuseppe Verdi
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Aida by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni after a story by Mariette Bey. Aida - Zinka Milanov (soprano) Radamès - Jussi Björling (tenor) Amneris - Fedora Barbieri (mezzo-soprano) Amonasro - Leonard Warren (baritone) Ramfis - Boris Christoff (bass) The King of Egypt - Plinio Clabassi (bass) A Messenger - Mario Carlin (tenor) Priestess - Bruna Rizzoli (soprano) Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus Giuseppe Conca, Chorus master Jonel Perlea, conductor Recorded 2 - 18...
Topics: Verdi, Aida, Milanov, Bjorling, Barbieri, RCA, opera
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by Hadda Brooks
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That's My Desire by Loveday & Kresa. Vocal by Hadda Brooks (1916-2002) with the Hadda Brooks Trio. Recorded in 1946. Ms. Brooks was a pianist, vocalist and composer. Active from around 1940 until 2000, she made many recordings and appeared in films with Humphrey Bogart and Kirk Douglas. Transfer from the original Modern Music 10" 78 147B by Bob Varney.
Topics: Brooks, Desire, Hadda, 78
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by Claude Debussy
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Children's Corner Suite (abridged) by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Stadium Symphony of New York (the New York Philharmonic). Recorded in New York City in 1959 using Everest Records' technique of using 35 mm film stock as a recording medium. There are only three of the six movements here as I believe this was filler for what is a mostly Prokofiev album. Debussy doesn't even get a credit on the album cover. Included are: Jumbo's Lullaby, Little Shepard,...
Topics: Debussy, Stokowski, Everest
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Enrico Caruso. M'appari Tutt'amore (Like a Dream) from act III of Marta by Friedrich von Flotow. Recorded February 11, 1906. Victor catalog No. 88001.
Topics: Caruso, Flotow, M'appari
Source: 78
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Sergei Rachmaninoff. Prelude in F Minor, Op. 32, No. 6. Sergei Rachmaninoff at the piano. Recorded March 18, 1940.
Topics: Rachmaninoff, Prelude
Source: 78
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by Aaron Copland
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Dance Symphony by Aaron Copland (1900-1990). The composer conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, Recorded in London in 1969 and part of Columbia's "Copland Conducts Copland" series of recordings. Three movements: (1) Introduction: lento; molto allegro, (2) Andante moderato, (3) Allegro vivo. Transfer from the original Columbia stereo LP MS 7223 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Copland, Dance, Symphony, LSO
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Enrico Caruso. La Fleur Que Tu M'Vais Jetee (The Flower Song) from Carmen by Georges Bizet. Recorded November 26, 1911. Caruso recorded this multiple times, including at least once in Italian. Victor catalog No. 88208.
Topics: Caruso, Bizet, Carmen, La Fleur
Source: 78
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 92 (1952) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. In three movements played continuously: Allegro non troppo - Andante - Moderato.  Released in 1978. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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Enrico Caruso. "Magiche note" from Act III of La Regina di Saba by Karl Goldmark. Recorded Sunday, November 7, 1909 in Camden, New Jersey. Matrix #B 6062. Victor 87041.
Topics: Caruso, Magiche, Regina, Goldmark
Source: 78
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by Carl Maria von Weber
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Overture to the opera Oberon by Carl Maria von Weber. Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston "Pops" Orchestra. Recorded June 29, 1937. Transferred from the original Victor Red Seal 12" 78 disc 12043 by Bob Varney.
Topics: von Weber, Oberon, Fiedler, Boston, 78
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Gilbert & Sullivan: "Trial by Jury". The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company with the New Promenade Orchestra conducted by Isadore Godfrey. Recorded in London, July 19 and 21st, 1949. This recording has the unusual distinction of having been simultaneously issued in three record formats: 78rpm, 45rpm, and LP. Transfered and restored from the original London LP: LLP 70.
Topics: Gilbert, Sullivan, Trial, Jury
Source: 78
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by Enrico Caruso
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Enrico Caruso - Amor Mio (My Love) by Vincenzo Ricciardi. Recorded January 21, 1914. Victor 87176. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Caruso, Amor, Mio
Source: 78
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by Fritz Kreisler
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Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane (in the style of Couperin) by Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962). Donald Voorhees conducting the Victor Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Kreisler, violin. Recorded May 2, 1945. Transferred from the original Victor Red Seal 12" 78 set DM 1070 (side 11-9266-B) by Bob Varney.
Topics: Chanson, Pavane, Kreisler, Voorhees, Victor, 78
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Jean Sibelius. Lemminkainen's Journey from the Four Legends of the Kalevala. Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recorded October 20, 1940. Transfer and restoration from the original 78 set: Victor M-750.
Topics: Sibelius, Ormandy, Philadelphia, Lemminkainen's
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by Giacomo Puccini
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Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, and Tito Gobbi. Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano. Conductor: Victor de Sabata. Chorus master: Vittore Veneziani. Producer Walter Legge. Sound engineer: Robert Beckett. Recorded in Milan by EMI in 1953. Transfer from EMI's digitally remastered 1980's LP AVB 34047. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Tosca, Puccini, De Sabata, Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi, opera
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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String Quartet No. 3 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Panocha Quartet: Jiri Panocha, violin; Pavel Zejfart, violin; Miroslav Sehnoutka, viola; Jaroslav Kulhan, cello. Recorded at the House of Artists, Prague, Czechoslovakia November 26 & 27, 1982. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo LP 1111 3309 G by Bob Varney.
Topics: String, Quartet, Martinu, Panocha
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 138 (1970) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1975, this was the first recording in what would become the first complete recording of all 15 quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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String Quartet No. 2 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Panocha Quartet: Jiri Panocha, violin; Pavel Zejfart, violin; Miroslav Sehnoutka, viola; Jaroslav Kulhan, cello. Recorded at the House of Artists, Prague, Czechoslovakia November 26 & 27, 1982. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo LP 1111 3309 G by Bob Varney.
Topics: String, Quartet, Martinu, Panocha
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by Bela Bartok
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String Quartet No. Six by Bela Bartok. The Tatrai String Quartet: Vilmos Tatrai, first violin, Mihaly Szucs, second violin, Jozsef Ivanyi, viola, Ede Banda, violincello. Recorded in 1967. Transfer from the Dover stereo LP HCR-ST-7274 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Bartok, Tatrai, Quartet
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by Roy Harris
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Symphony No. 7 by Roy Harris (1898-1979). The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. Recorded October 22, 1955. Transfer from the original mono Columbia LP ML 5095 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Symphony, Harris, Ormandy, Philadelphia
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by Dvorak
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Symphony No. 2 by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). The Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Ernst Schrader. Transfer from the 1951 Urania LP URLP 7015. Transfer and restoration by Bob Varney.
Topics: Symphony, Dvorak, Schrader, Berlin, Philharmonic
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by Aram Kachaturian
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Symphony No. 3 (Symphony - Poem) by Aram Kachaturian (1903-1978). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Chicago Symphony. Released in 1969. By then, Stokowski had been making recordings for 52 years. Transfer from the RCA stereo LP LSC-3067 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Kachaturian, symphony, Stokowski, RCA
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by Cesar Franck
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Symphony in D minor by C ésar Franck (1822-1890). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recorded December 30, 1935 and January 15, 1936 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Stoky recorded this symphony once before in 1927, but wanted another go at it because of the advances in electric recording technology. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 6-record 78 set DM-300 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Franck, Stokowski, symphony, 78, Philadelphia
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by Charles Ives
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Symphony No. 4 by Charles Ives (1874-1954). The American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977). Associate conductors: David Katz and Jose Serebrier. Members of the Schola Cantorum of New York, Hugh Ross, director. Ives composed this work in 1916, around the time Stokowski made his first acoustic recordings. Fifty years later, Stokowski conducted the premier performance of the symphony in 1965 and followed with this premier recording the same year. Transfer from the...
Topics: Ives, Stokowski, Symphony, Columbia
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by Niccolo Paganini
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Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7 by Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840). The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Anatole Fistoulari (1907-1995). Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999), violin. Recorded May 21 & 22, 1955 at studio #1 Abbey Road, London. Transfer from the original RCA Victor (HMV) mono LP LHMV-1015 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Paganini, Menuhin, Fistoulari, violin